Dubrovnik | The pearl of the Adriatic sea

Posted by on February 1, 2013

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Historically free city and a strategic port, Ragusa Dubrovnik owes its nature and its destiny to a very special geographical location, so peripheral to the states or empires of which it was member of, securing the autonomy that has recognized these outposts as so important.

Dubrovnik Croatia

Dubrovnik Croatia

Dubrovnik Croatia

Dubrovnik Croatia

Dubrovnik links its history to the sea since its birth when the citizens of some villages in the nearby hinterland settled in what was then a rocky island very near the coast to escape the threat of barbaric time. Following the island which is now the old city it was joined with the mainland draining the narrow stretch of sea that divided them.

Dubrovnik Croatia

Dubrovnik Croatia

Today Dubrovnik is a beautiful city of medieval whose old town overlooks the harbor on the Adriatic sea protected by towering rocky walls that characterize the profile as well as the typical contrast of Croatian cities between the brilliant blue of the sea and the red of the roofs of the houses. Plus it’s possible to walk on the walls and enjoy the beautiful landscapes and emotion of a certain historical commemoration. The easiest way is to enter the old town is through the Pile Gate, under the gaze of the Fort Lovrjenac. The ticket price is 40 kuna (rate 1 € = 7kn), but it’s worth giving to completely appreciate the city inside and out.

Dubrovnik Croatia

Dubrovnik Croatia

Dubrovnik Croatia

Dubrovnik Croatia

It is said the view from above in the heart of the old town consists of the Stradun, the main street that splits in half and at the same time connects from one side of the main sites. A walk along the Stradun,which like the rest of the center is strictly pedestrian will be a pleasant moment of rest. Interrupted here and there by various commercial activities but also to places of special interest such as Onofrio’s Fountain, the Church of S. Salvatore, the Franciscan monastery, the fifteenth-century Synagogue, the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Orlando’s Column and the Clock Tower all wrapped up in an area of ​​400 meters long and in need of further study.

Dubrovnik Croatia

Dubrovnik Croatia

Of particular note is definitely the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin at the eastern end of Stradun, rebuilt in Baroque style after the earthquake of 1667 which, together with most of the city, was brought down against the previous basilica of VII century.

Dubrovnik Croatia

Dubrovnik Croatia

Dubrovnic photos: paul.lomas10, Nightfly38, Photogoup, Juambe Cobos, john.flounders.

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